Biography

Brasil Guitar Duo, a 2006 winner of the Concert Artists Guild International Competition, and hailed by Classical Guitar magazine for its “maturity of musicianship and technical virtuosity,” is equally at home on a classical or a world-music series or performing a concerto with orchestra.  João Luiz and Douglas Lora met in São Paulo as teenage guitar students and their successful partnership of over twenty years results from their innovative programming— which features a seamless blend of traditional and Brazilian works—leading to a busy global touring schedule and a growing catalog of critically acclaimed recordings garnering two Latin Grammy nominations.

Committed to performing new chamber music employing the guitar, the Duo joined cellists Yo-Yo Ma and Carlos Prieto for the October 2014 world premiere of El arco y la lira, a work for two cellos and two guitars by the esteemed Cuban composer Leo Brouwer. On the same program—a highlight of the sixth annual Festival Leo Brouwer in Havana—the Duo gave the Cuban premiere of Brouwer’s Sonata de Los Viajeros, which they had presented in its U.S. premiere the previous month and recorded for a Naxos CD of Brouwer’s complete works for two guitars, which was nominated for a 2016 Latin Grammy award for Best New Composition.

Eager advocates for both traditional and new concerti for two guitars and orchestra, the Duo premiered a Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra by Brazilian composer Paulo Bellinati with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra in June 2012, under the direction of Giancarlo Guerrero, and gave the work its U.S. premiere in April 2013.  In February 2016, they recorded the Bellinati concerto along with Leo Brouwer’s concerto Book of Signs with the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and conductor David Amado, and that Naxos CDvwas nominated for a 2018 Latin Grammy award for Best Classical Album.  The Duo actively strives to expand the repertoire for two guitars, with Lora contributing works of his own and Luiz arranging both classical and Brazilian music. Appearing frequently in diverse non-traditional spaces, the Duo combines a broad repertoire of classical guitar duos (Bach, Sor, Scarlatti, Rameau, Debussy, etc.) with such traditional Brazilian dance forms as choro, samba, maxixe, and baião. 

João Luiz is based in New York, and Douglas Lora is based in Brazil.

Audio

Rameau: Pieces de Clavecin, Les Cyclopes

Bellinati: Concerto Caboclo, Ponteado

Gismonti: Agua & Vinho

Brouwer, Sonata de Los Viajeros, Visita a Bach en Leipzig

Debussy: Golliwog's Cakewalk, from Children's Corner

Edu Lobo: Casa forte

Bach: Allemande, BWV 830

Castelnuovo-Tedesco: The Well-Tempered Guitars, Op. 199, Fugue No.21 in B-flat minor

Marco Pereira: Bate-Coxa

Jacob do Bandolim: Noites Cariocas

Video

  • See video Brasil Guitar Duo - Zanzibar

    Brasil Guitar Duo - Zanzibar

  • See video  II Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concerto for Two Guitars - Brasil Guitar Duo - heartland festival orchestra

    II Castelnuovo-Tedesco Concerto for Two Guitars - Brasil Guitar Duo - heartland festival orchestra

  • See video  Por el mar de las Antillas (Leo Brouwer)

    Por el mar de las Antillas (Leo Brouwer)

  • See video  Brasil Guitar Duo - Doce de Coco

    Brasil Guitar Duo - Doce de Coco

Repertoire

  • Orchestral Repertoire

    Paulo Bellinati***                      Concerto “Caboclo”
    (b. 1952)

    Leo Brouwer                             Concerto “The Book of Signs” for two guitars and strings
    (b. 1939)

    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco     Concerto for two guitars and Orchestra Op.201
    (1895-1968)

    Egberto Gismonti                      7 Anéis for two guitars and chamber orchestra
    (b. 1947)

    Antonio Vivaldi                          Concerto for Two Guitars and Orchestra
    (1678-1741)

    ***Dedicated to the Brasil Guitar Duo

  • Programs

    Sample program for 2018-19

    Jean Philip Rameau                                   Allemande** and Les Cyclopes**
    (1683-1764)

    Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco                    Prelude and Fugue in C-Sharp minor
    (1895-1968)

    Franz Burkhart                                           Toccata
    (1902-1978)

    Frederic Hand                                           Still*
    (b.1947)

    Intermission

    Leo Brouwer                                               Sonata de Los Viajeros
    (b.1939)                                                          Primer Viaje a tierras heladas
                                                                            El retablo de las maravillas
    Visita a Bach en Leipzig
    Por el mar de las Antillas

    Egberto Gismonti                                     4 Peças **      
    (b.1947)                                                          Sonhos de Recife; Forró; A Fala da Paixão; Karatê

    *Dedicated to the Brasil Guitar Duo
    **Arranged by João Luiz